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Woodford Forward names new CEO

MIDWAY - Woodford Forward has named Patrick Chase Milner as the organization's new chief executive officer. A native of Lexington, Milner has extensive experience with nonprofit management in areas of agriculture, land use and government advocacy. He returns to the Bluegrass after serving as a regional director for the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, where he advocated for America's renewed hemp industry and collaborated with local, state and federal policy makers.

Woodford Forward is a nonprofit county-wide land-use advocacy organization, and Milner will lead the organization's efforts to work with government officials and citizens to develop policies that promote the highest and best use of urban and agricultural land.

"The mission, vision and values of Woodford Forward resonate deeply with me," Milner said. "My interest in urban renewal and farmland preservation date back to my days as an Eagle Scout, and I'm eager to get better acquainted with the people and potential of Woodford County."

Milner succeeds Billy Van Pelt II, who joined the American Farmland Trust as a Director of Development - Southeast and Midwest earlier this year. Van Pelt remains a director on the Woodford Forward board. Milner began his duties with Woodford Forward in Midway on March 1, and board chair Benny Bell Williams said Milner is a welcome addition to the team.

"Chase is a bridge-builder by nature, and he can add to the foundation that Billy established for bringing people in our community together," Williams said. "It takes listening to each other and exploring ideas and options together, and Chase can really help get it done."

For more information about Milner and Woodford Forward, visit the organization's website at www.woodfordforward.org.

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